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DNR: Deer benefitting from mild winter

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GREEN BAY (WBAY) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says most of the deer in Wisconsin are catching a break this winter.

The agency measures the winter's effect on deer with a severity index. Zero is low impact and 100 is high.

Wildlife biologists say other than far northern Wisconsin, the rest of the state is in single digits on that index, which points to a highly successful birthing season this spring.

"Ultimately it comes down to body weight and body condition in an adult doe which then translates into birth weight for the fawn which plays a big role in their survivability," wildlife biologist Jeff Pritzl told WBAY.

County deer advisory councils will take the severity of the winter into account when they meet in late March to recommend harvest goals.

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